A Dog’s Prayer

Pride has locked me in a cage, where I sit;

indulging my selfish desires willingly

and becoming bloated by them.

 

My eyes won’t gaze beyond these confines;

while everything they see

appears as a reflection only of me.

 

Free me from this squalor that I’ve loved;

don’t let me be the dog

that returns to his vomit.

 

But let me be the little dog;

who gathers crumbs beneath Your table

and feeds upon Your flesh.

 

Train my eyes to see only you, O Lord.

My ears to hear only your voice, O Master.

 

This pride has left me in the cold;

a heart where dwells my vanity

in sweet and sickly emptiness.

 

Please don’t leave me here throughout this night;

but let me sleep upon Your bed

and feel the warmth that is Your love.

 

Call me from this dog’s house;

into the Master’s chamber

and let me gaze into Your eyes.

 

Place me on your leash and lead me;

tether me to Your mercy

and don’t let me stray.

 

I will wait at the door until You return;

Come to me and let me be

at your side forever.

 

~FS

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